BHETA provides Challenge 25 collateral for bladed goods

BHETA is to provide officially sanctioned Challenge 25 artwork for suppliers, retailers and delivery companies involved in the supply of age-restricted bladed items such as kitchen knives and DIY and garden tools. Read more

GCA seeks an additional inspector

An expanding membership has prompted the GCA to start the search for an additional inspector to join the current team of 3. Read more

Iain Wylie

HTA reports on size of UK garden market

The HTA Market Update analyses the retail sales of plants, garden care products, pots and garden leisure. It also evaluates greenhouses and sheds and looks at garden services. Read more

Wyevale sells Bridgemere and Cheltenham

Blue Diamond continues its Wyevale buying spree buying Bridgemere, while Webbs buys Cheltenham garden centre. In addition 2 centres will close. Read more

Syon Park garden centre is to close

SmartPlant links with T&M

SmartPlants adds T&M to its growing list of commercial partners.  Customer receipts by the mail-order supplier will soon be accompanied by the newly developed SmartPlant 'button' to provide post sale advice. Read more

James Barnes is to be HTA Chairman

James Barnes, the former CEO of Dobbies, is to become the chairman of the HTA and will speak on behalf of the association with members and outside the industry. Read more

James Barnes

Cultivation St. Ambassador of the Year supported over 1,000 children

David Domoney congratulates this year’s Cultivation Street ambassador of the year, Dobbies’ Steven Purton, who regularly shares his expertise with a local charity, 4 schools, a college and a hospital to improve their communal spaces. Read more

David Domoney congratulates Steven Purton

£4m for new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Wisley

The Royal Horticultural Society will receive £4 million from the National Lottery towards a five-year project that includes developing the world’s first National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, at the RHS Garden at Wisley. Read more

HTA Chairman leaves after 2 months

The HTA Board has announced that Chris Pateman has left his post as Chairman of the HTA citing family reasons and the long commute. Read more

Chris Pateman

Surge of bookings for the GCA conference

The GCA urges those who haven’t booked to act quickly as rooms for the annual GCA conference (21st - 24th Jan) are running out. This is the main networking event for top garden centres and suppliers, with top speakers from business, sport and entertainment. Read more

Matt Dawson

Gardenex secures government funding for major overseas garden trade exhibitions

Gardenex has secured grant funding to help UK manufacturers, especially SME’s, exhibit at major overseas garden trade shows. For the first time these will include Myplant & Garden in Milan. Read more

Myplant Garden, Milan

Chris Pateman to be the new chair of the HTA

The HTA has named Chris Pateman as the new chair of the Association.  In this new role Chris will assist the HTA Board in coordinating the activities of the HTA Executive and their teams at Horticulture House. In addition, he will represent the HTA at a senior level to Government and other stakeholders. Read more

Chris Pateman - New HTA Chair

Time to apply for a David Colegrave scholarship

The window has opened for future horticulturalists to apply for scholarships from The David Colegrave Foundation. There are 7 potential scholarships available. Read more

Learningwithexperts to offer RHS gardening qualifications online

The RHS has approved award-winning online learning provider Learningwithexperts.com 
(formerly MyGardenSchool) as an accredited provider of RHS gardening qualifications. Read more

Choice members look forward to £1.5m rebate

Last week’s 3 day conference and trade show, held by Choice Marketing, eclipsed the HTA Futures conference that it clashed with, by drawing 160 delegates. 90 suppliers exhibited at the trade show. Read more

Mike Lind on the GCA, independence and the minimum wage

Monkton Elm’s Mike Lind gets ready to hand over the chairmanship of the GCA and warns that the proposed increase in minimum wage could be a significant threat for the garden centre sector. Read more

Mike Lind

Facebook is best for Garden centres

Garden centres should focus on Facebook first…  The HTA marketing conference delivered advice and some great links to free resources. Read more

Choice Marketing names its top suppliers

History and Heraldry, Allensmore and Woodlodge were the Suppliers of the Year in their categories for the Choice Marketing Group of independent garden centres. Read more

The HTA needs to get onto the front foot

HTA chairman, James Barnes calls for the backing of members, especially growers, to hear him present plans to re-invigorate the HTA and to promote sustainability at the Cultivating Retail conference. Read more

James Barnes

New Wisley plant centre to have biggest range of unusual plants

The new Welcome building that opens next month at the RHS Wisley garden will sell more unusual and rare plants from one place than anywhere else in the UK. Read more

Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

Phil Gibbs leaves LOFA

LOFA has announced that secretary Phil Gibbs left the association on Friday 19th October as a new look board explores new opportunities for the association. Read more

9 new members for the GCA

The Garden Centre Association has recruited 9 new members bringing the total number of garden centres the association represents to nearly 200. Read more

Bell Plantation Garden Centre

New retail data service for BHETA members

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is launching a new retail data service for members thanks to an exclusive deal with research and data provider, GfK.  Read more

New chairman takes his seat at the HTA

Chris Pateman became chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association earlier this year. Part of his role is to be the new face of the HTA, representing the interests of members to Government and the rest of the garden sector. Read more

Chris Pateman

Suppliers say rising costs will have to be passed on

Latest figures from The GIMA Barometer of Trade (BoT) show that raw material costs have risen by 12%. These costs, says GIMA, will have to be passed down the supply chain. Read more

A round-up of 2017, a year dominated by Brexit and Xylella

2017 started with a flourish but lost momentum and settled to be an OK year. Suppliers worried about Brexit, the living wage, higher costs and Wyevale. Retailers and growers worried about Xylella. Takeover activity reached new peaks among suppliers, but no major garden centres changed hands. The industry said goodbye to some old friends. Read our review – (open to non-subscribers). Read more

New National Home Improvement Week will clash with Garden Re-Leaf Day

BHETA has created a new National Home Improvement Week for the home and garden industry on dates in the middle of March that clash with Garden Re-Leaf Day. Read more

Trade Associations back the second Glee

3 leading trade associations GIMA, The HTA and Gardenex are backing the additional Glee exhibition, a concession at the Spring Fair in February. Read more

Industry sponsors back BALI’s first sales campaigns to public and the trade

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is to launch two major sales campaigns this autumn. One targets the public, the other is to recruit trade members. Read more

Landscape House

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